This year U.S. shoppers took the advice
of the department stores to "Buy in November." Last week's Federal
Reserve Board figures on retail sales showed that department store
sales for the third week in November hit 201% of the 1935-39 average, a
new high for November that was 21% above the same week in 1942. But
they were still 50% below the last-gasp, before-Christmas rush a year
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